Festival Spotlight EP005: ZoukOut Festival
While it is clear that music is the life force behind EDM, no one can argue that dance music would not be where it is now without the driving force of its festival scene. From Woodstock in the early 1970s to the early days of EDC in Los Angeles in the 2000s to the massive underground festivals of Europe, music festivals are deeply ingrained in our culture.
In a new weekly series, EDM.com is shining the spotlight on lesser known festivals around the world that are on par with marquee festivals like Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra, and Tomorrowland. These festivals are highlighted for the atmosphere, the people and most importantly, the music and the talent that they bring. From Austria’s signature Snowbombing festival to ZoukOut in Singapore to Shambhala in Canada, this series will be your one-stop guide to some of the best hidden gems in the festival scene around the world.
This week’s pick is the ZoukOut festival in Singapore.
ZoukOut is an annual dance music festival that is held on the shores of Siloso Beach on Sentosa Island in Singapore. The festival, which began in 1990 and is organized by Zouk, has grown into Asia’s largest, most definitive electronic dance music festival. It's, without a doubt, one of the biggest beach parties in the world.
ZoukOut originally began as a one-day festival, starting at 8 pm and running until 8 am the next morning. What sets the festival apart is the timing of the festival - no other music festival in the world takes place on the beach of an island as the sun is rising over the horizon. The beautiful venue and location of ZoukOut is a major draw for festival-goers. Many of the attendees travel from across the globe to be at the shores of Siloso Beach for the two nights of the fest.
The sunrise is a defining characteristic of ZoukOut, as the festival is centered around the concept of the “first light.” No other festival affords attendees the opportunity to experience the breathtaking first light in the morning on the shores of a stunning beach while listening to some of the best electronic music on the planet.
Musically, ZoukOut attracts the best of the best. With over twenty international superstars and local acts that take over two stages, the expectations are high for the festival, which has just wrapped up its 14th year. The 2014 rendition of the festival, which took place December 12th and 13th, welcomed an array of genres from anjunabeats head honchos Above & Beyond to Crosstown Rebels boss Damian Lazarus to Skrillex and Showtek. The 2013 edition of the festival did not disappoint either, as they brought acts from all over the world like the US’s own, Seth Troxler, along with Alesso, Dash Berlin and 12th Planet, amongst many others.